18 September, 2020

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BBC World Service Broadcasts In Sri Lanka On SLBC Suspended

By Colombo Telegraph

The BBC’s World Service Director, Peter Horrocks, today announced the suspension of BBC broadcasts on SLBC (the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation) following continued interruption and interference of BBC Tamil programming on SLBC.

Peter Horrocks, Director, BBC World Service

Peter Horrocks said: “We regret the disruption in service to our loyal audiences in Sri Lanka, but such targeted interference in our programmes is a serious breach of trust with those audiences, which the BBC cannot allow. We spoke to SLBC last week about interference that took place on 16-18 March and warned them they were in breach of their broadcasting agreement. Further disruption on Monday 25 March has left the BBC with no alternative but to suspend the service with immediate effect. If the SLBC have specific complaints about any BBC output they should take them up with us, as we have invited them to do, and not interfere directly with broadcasts in ways that are unacceptable to the BBC and misleading to our audiences.”

The BBC took similar action in 2009 when its services were also disrupted. Audiences in Sri Lanka can continue to listen to the BBC on Shortwave and via our online services.

BBC Tamil

  • 25 meterband (11965 kHz)
  • 31 meterband (9855 kHz)
  • 49 meterband (6135 kHz)
  • 41 meterband (7600 kHz)

BBC Sinhalese

  • 49 meterband (6135 kHz)
  • 31 meterband (9615 kHz)
  • 41 meterband (7699 kHz)

BBC World Service English content is broadcast on SLBC at GMT – 0300 to 0430; 1130 to 1230 and 1330 to 1430 (all GMT)

And via websites:

bbc.com/news

bbc.co.uk/tamil/

bbc.co.uk/sinhala/

BBC Press Release

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    SLBC shouldn’t have waited BBC to suspened their broadcasts, SLBC should have stopped BBC heresey and gossips being broadcasted against Sri Lanka through it’s own radio waves a long time back.

    To say the least, BBC has been castigating even secular leaders as a dictator if they are against the neo-colonealist agenda. Somewhat secular and people friendly Gadaffi is a case in point. However , BBC never ever have painted franatically religious extremist Saudi or minority Bharain autocratic rulers with the same brush. Like all western media BBC is also arm of neo-colonealist west. Those who love to hear lies and neo-colonealist’s agenda can listen to it through the internet.

    Instead of BBC, SLBC should consider broadcsting Russian and Chinese radio which present discussions in a different prospective and impartially.

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    [“No BBC, No IPL, No IMF, No GSP+, No WB, No Chinese loans, No Indian support, No ships to Hambanthota, No planes to Mattala…….Aiyoo Sri Rajapakshestan…… “]

    Now what are we going to do?
    Where to go now?
    Where to beg now?

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      This is great news. The BBC what like its unbiased former Gutter Journalist like Francis.. who never took sides????? unbiased Journalism my Tamil hairy arse.

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        Periyar Ramasamy

        Why are you talking about your hairy arse in public?

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          silva. why are you checking his arse?????.. hidden secrets!!!!

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    One more stupid decision by the SLBC, which is the propaganda arm of the government. I am sure the SLBC was ordered to do so. In this day and age, is it possible to prevent people hearing news?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    The BBC Sinhala site – which is aimed at a Sri Lankan Singhalese( Buddhist? ) audience – did not carry a single report on the two attacks on Buddhist priests in Tamil Nadu.

    bbc.co.uk/sinhala/

    Worth inquiring why? Hope it was not due to lack of transport….

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      Friend.. They Rather cover up for child rapist.. and provide them the studio’s for it.. BBC and the truth.. its like oil and milk..

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        U coward use your sinhala budhist name. if u are real…dont use great warriors name.

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        Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

        BBC is learning from saffron clad child molesters. Come to think of it they are teaching one or two things to BBC.

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          @Native Vedda Maybe they the BBC and Saffron clad molesters have spent too much time with the ‘Wannila Aththo’ who get drunk all day and abuse their women.. and children.. All in the and when the police gets complaints they are trying to take away our cultural heritage. every single criminal activity hidden under cultural heritage. wonder how many diya lanuva around you child brides.

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